Topic: Options for clogged stents
Here is another update on my brother. A couple of weeks ago, things were looking great! His labs were great, his CT scan showed no new growth with a slight decrease in size of the largest tumor in his liver. A week later, his labs were slightly off (but still able to do chemo) and a week after that, he was jaundiced again, vomiting, etc. So, it was back to Mayo for his 4th ERCP in 4 1/2 months! They cleaned out the metal stents and placed plastic stents inside of them. Last summer, before putting in the metal stents, he was told that the metal stents should last about 9 months and after that point, they would probably clog and that as a "last ditch effort", they can then put plastic stents inside the metal ones and that should buy him another couple months at best. Since the metal stents only lasted about 2 months and the plastic ones he's had much shorter than that, we're looking for what the options are if/when they become clogged again. Has anyone had experience with this? Do they take the plastic ones out from inside the metal stents and swap them out? He finds it very discouraging to have to have these repeated ERCP procedures. Thanks!